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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traditions Alive
  • ASIN: 5559267015
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lady June on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first time I played this CD in the company of other people,who were not particularily inclined toward jazz singing, there was immediate silence. They all marvelled simultaneously,in surprise," Now SHE has a voice!" Miss Hunter,indeed,has a professionally trained voice.However, Lurlean is truly an archetypical jazz singer. She swings with both pulse and ease,using improvisation minimally but at just the right times! The warm,softly sentimental,and great emotional feeling in her ballads such as "That Old Feeling" and "The Talk of the Town" is spine chilling. Miss Hunter is one of those rare breed of singers who can make you start loving a song that you may have once had no use for! She made several other LP's in the 1950's which definitely should be released on CD in the near future. Lady Lurlean truly had it ALL!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Carter on January 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Lurlean Hunter: one of the forgotten jazz singers, boy more should know her, she didn't record much, this cd Night Life is a wonderful cd! her voice was rich and warm and swingin'!
if you want to hear a wonderful singer start here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It can be awfully discouraging looking for recordings of vocalists who once struck you as stars whose light could never be extinguished. I've had better luck finding LPs of barely remembered (by the public) saxophone and trumpet players--somewhat of a surprise. Lurlean Hunter was class personified, a vocalist of relative fame in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. She selected her material with the utmost care and performed it to perfection. Perhaps she was too close historically to Janis Joplin to receive the due that would have been hers had she emerged earlier. A couple of other singers who practically fall into the same category are Marva Josie (still singing and looking good) and Chicago's Bobbi Wylson (what a privilege to catch her at the Back Room on Rush Street; what a misfortune that no live recorded set appears to exist).

At least we know that Lurlean is no longer with us (exactly what happened to her at the end remains a mystery). As long as a recording by her remains available, it should be considered a high priority by fans of the American Songbook and intelligent jazz singing. The presence of pianist Hank Jones and tenor saxophonist Al Cohn on this session makes it all the more attractive.
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By Jim Andrews on January 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lurlean did three LPs for RCA and one for Atlantic. She was a big star in Chicago and I think she was happy enough with that and the opportunity to record. Her model clearly was Sarah Vaughan (in fact there are similarities in their faces as well as voices) but she was no imitation or shadow. She was a full-fledged, top quality jazz singer, intelligent, perceptive, glamorous, with a beautiful voice, wide range, impeccable intonation and a lot of attitude. She was very admired by her fellow artists. This is a wonderful album, but then everything she recorded was wonderful.
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By John H. on July 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this LP because the cover seduced me right in....Never heard of her before but as soon as I heard "Georgia On My Mind" I knew I made a good choice.
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